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San Francisco Beat: Talking with the Poets

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San Francisco Beat is an essential archive of the Beat Generation, a rich moment in a fortunate place. America—somnolent, conformist, and paranoid in the 1950s—was changed forever by a handful of people who refused an existence of drudgery and enterprise, opting instead for a life of personal, spiritual, and artistic adventure. In these intimate, free-wheeling conversations, a baker's dozen of the poets of San Francisco talk about the scene then and now, the traditions of poetry, and about anarchism, globalism, Zen, the Bomb, the Kabbalah, and the Internet.

Thirty years ago, poet David Meltzer interviewed his poet friends for The San Francisco Poets. Now in San Francisco Beat he has combined these classic interviews with recent follow-up. San Francisco Beat features major new interviews with Philip Lamantia, Joanne Kyger, Gary Snyder, Jack Hirschman, Diane di Prima, Jack Micheline, Philip Whalen, and David Meltzer himself.

David Meltzer is the author of many books of poetry, including Tens, The Name, Arrows: Selected Poetry 1957—1992, and No Eyes: Lester Young. He is the editor of Birth, The Secret Garden, Reading Jazz, and Writing Jazz, among other collections. His agit-smut fictions include The Agency Trilogy. Meltzer read poetry at the Jazz Cellar in the 1950s and in the 1960s fronted the band, Serpent Power. Meltzer teaches poetics at New College of California.

Table of Contents/Interviewed Authors

Preface

Acknowledgments

Diane di Prima (1999)

William Everson (1971)

Remembering Everson (1999)

Lawrence Ferlinghetti I (1969)

Lawrence Ferlinghetti II (1999)

Jack Hirschman (1998)

Joanne Kyger (1998)

Philip Lamantia (1998)

Michael McClure I (1971)

Michael McClure II (1999)

David Meltzer (1999)

Jack Micheline (1994)

Kenneth Rexroth (1971)

Remembering Rexroth (1971)

Gary Snyder (1999)

Lew Welch (1971)

Philip Whalen (1999)

Bibliographies

Preface

Nothing is hidden;

As of old

All is clear as daylight

-Anonymous haiku, 16th century

San Francisco Beat: Talking with the Po

Book News Annotation:

San Francisco poet Meltzer interviews colleagues such as Diane de Prima, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, and Philip Whalen. The volume also reprints his interviews published 30 years ago in The San Francisco Poet with Kenneth Rexroth, McClure, Ferlinghetti, Willam Everson, and Lew Welch. The result is a chronicle of the 1950s and 1960s beat scene there. It is not indexed.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Essential interviews with makers of the San Francisco Beat Scene by one of their own.

Synopsis:

Interviews. SAN FRANCSCO BEAT: TALKING WITH THE POETS is an essential archive of the Bear Generation, as rich moment in a fortunate place. America, somnolent, conformist, and paranoid in the 1950s, was chaged forever by a handful of people who refused an existence of drudgery and enterprise, opting instead for a life of personal, spiritual, and artistic adventure. In these intimate, free-wheeling conversations, a baker's dozen of the poets of San Francisco talk about the scene then and now, the traditions of poetry, and about anarchism, globalism, Zen, the Bomb, the Kabbalah, and the Internet. Includes conversations with Diane di Prima, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Philip Lamantia, Gary Snyder, and others.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780872863798
Editor:
Meltzer, David
Author:
Keenan, Larry
Editor:
Meltzer, David
Author:
Meltzer, David
Author:
Redl, Harry
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Location:
San Francisco, CA
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Beat generation
Subject:
San francisco
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/50s
Subject:
Poets, American
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Poets, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Beat generation - Interviews
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
1952
Publication Date:
20010531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 BandW photographs
Pages:
425
Dimensions:
8.53x5.57x.82 in. .98 lbs.

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Humanities » Literary Criticism » Poetry Criticism

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"Synopsis" by , Interviews. SAN FRANCSCO BEAT: TALKING WITH THE POETS is an essential archive of the Bear Generation, as rich moment in a fortunate place. America, somnolent, conformist, and paranoid in the 1950s, was chaged forever by a handful of people who refused an existence of drudgery and enterprise, opting instead for a life of personal, spiritual, and artistic adventure. In these intimate, free-wheeling conversations, a baker's dozen of the poets of San Francisco talk about the scene then and now, the traditions of poetry, and about anarchism, globalism, Zen, the Bomb, the Kabbalah, and the Internet. Includes conversations with Diane di Prima, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Philip Lamantia, Gary Snyder, and others.
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